In the year 2000, the Millennium Summit of the United Nations took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. At the summit, eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established in what was to become the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. The MDGs are international development goals which all United Nations member states agreed to achieve by 2015 in partnership with international organisations such as the UNDP, UNICEF, WHO and the IMF.
The Millennium Development Goals are:
- Eradicate poverty and extreme hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Ensure environmental stability
- Develop a global partnership for development
As we near the deadline for the achievement of the goals, the United Nations have provided a set of 8 infographics to update us on the progress made by the program and the work that still lies ahead of us. With less than 1,000 days to go, it is time to accelerate action and overcome poverty once and for all.
Visit Millennium Development Goals: Momentum for more information and be sure to Tweet with the hashtag #MDGMomentum to raise awareness.